Sailing and Boating Near Grand Cayman

Sailing around Grand Cayman is an entirely new experience

Photo credit: © Katie Thebeau

One of two ports of entry in the Cayman Islands is located in George Town, so adventurers who would like to sail themselves to Grand Cayman will certainly be able to do so.  Be warned, coral reef and a far off location does make this a difficult place to sail to.  

Boat Trips and Day Sailing

If the dangers of sailing worry you, or you simply prefer to sit back and let someone else do the work, signing up for a sailing sightseeing tour or excursions is a great way to still be able to get out on the water.  Tours can include anything from a simple trip along the coast with snacks and drinks, to full day experiences that may include stopping for swimming and snorkeling.  

If you want to enjoy a few hours on the open water, without the cost and complications involved with renting a boat you should take a day sailing excursion. Take a look at the listing below for information on area excursion providers.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Cayman Islands Sailing Charters (345) 525-1222 10 Market Street - Georgetown
Jolly Roger (345) 922-9922 West Bay Road - Downtown Georgetown
Ocean Frontiers (345) 947-7500 Grand Cayman
Pirates Of The Caymans (345) 623-7245 West Bay Road - Seven Mile Beach
Red Sail Sports Charter (345) 623-5965 3.1 mi. (5.0 km) North of Georgetown
Sail Cayman (345) 916-4333 The Yacht Club C31 - Georgetown

Boat Rentals and Charters

Instead of sailing directly to Grand Cayman, why not hire a boar when you arrive for a few days of fun out on the water?  If you've got the skills, Grand Cayman has several local charter companies which are mainly set in Georgetown. 

Contemplating a yacht or boat charter? Take a look at this next chart to contact a charter operator serving this area.

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
Cayman Islands Sailing Charters Ltd (345) 916-0349 Cayman Islands Yacht Club - Grand Cayman
Mainstay Sailing (345) 927-1127 West Bay Road - Crystal Harbour
Mooremarine Services & Boat Rentals (345) 949-6672 62 Lincoln Road - Georgetown
Pro Yacht (345) 945-4676 Unit 25, 69 Barnes Drive - Georgetown
Seaboard Marine (345) 949-4977 Grand Cayman
Stingray Cab an' Tours (345) 916-6247 184 Sitwil Drive - 1.6 mi. (2.5 km) East-Northeast of Bodden Town


As you arrive, you'll contact port security via VHF channel 16 and sail in with your yellow quarantine flag flying.  When you dock, you'll pay $25(USD) to have your boat fumigated so that mosquitoes are not transported to the island, plus you'll present all of your boat's official documentation and your immigration paperwork at this time. If customs and immigrations officials grant entry, you will then be free to sail on to your final destination.  There are several marinas on Grand Cayman, including two in George Town and one in West End.

Planning to reach Grand Cayman in your own vessel, or a charter from a different area? The following chart contains a list of potential docking spots.

Name Phone Location
Cayman Island Sailing Club (345) 947-7913 320 Spinnaker Road - Georgetown
Cayman Island Sailing Club -- 2.7 mi. (4.4 km) East of Georgetown
Morgans Harbor Marina -- West Bay
Safe Haven Dock -- Crystal Harbour
The Barcadere Marina (345) 949-3743 606 North Sound Road - Georgetown

Grand Cayman and the rest of the Cayman Islands may not be a top choice for sailing thanks to the perilous nature of the reef, the but possibility to get out on a boat still exists if you have the know-how and are willing to make it happen.  Whether you participate in a sightseeing tour, charter a local boat, or sail the entire way to the island yourself, sailing the through the waters that surround Grand Cayman offer yachters a whole new way to experience the island.  


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